The real upside of newer, smarter technologies is that the protection they provide allows for game-changing reductions in the weight and bulk of traditional wearable shielding—up to 75%—without increasing the radiation risk.
Most sharps injuries—84%—occur among healthcare workers, NIOSH confirmed in a recently released analysis. Injuries from a needle or other sharp objects can expose workers to bloodborne pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases, NIOSH said in the September edition of its eNews.
Patient volume has been a barometer of the financial health of providers following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the largest for-profit hospitals reported encouraging admission totals in the second quarter of the year, which contributed to stabilizing operating margins.
The ACP position paper, which was published in Annals of Internal Medicine, makes 13 recommendations to improve public health emergency preparedness.
The healthcare industry—a vast category that includes businesses providing medical services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, supplies, and equipment—is also one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. According to a recent Health Care Without Harm report, the global average among industrialized countries is nearly 10% of national emissions, even more than the shipping or aviation sectors.
The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Worker Act was introduced by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT). The bill has bipartisan backing in the House of Representatives, with support from Don Bacon (R-NE), Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
On April 10, The Joint Commission published Quick Safety Issue 69: Preventing light source-related burns from laparoscopy and arthroscopy. Both arthroscopy and laparoscopy are done by inserting a narrow tube and fiber-optic camera into a small incision. For the camera to see anything in the incision, there needs to be adequate lighting, either using lamps or light cables.
Hospitals may soon have to measure energy use, fleet vehicle gas consumption, solid waste disposal, and other measures under proposed climate change standards by The Joint Commission (TJC), which puts responsibility not only on leadership but also “clinical and facility representatives.
Clinical cases of C. auris have increased every year since it was first reported in 2016, with a total of 3,270 clinical cases and 7,413 screening cases (where the fungus is detected but not causing infection) reported through December 31, 2021. And during 2019-2021, 17 states identified their first C. auris case ever.
Water damage presents unique challenges for the healthcare industry, and reducing or preventing this damage delivers tremendous value to patients and healthcare providers. Water damage repairs can force patients to reschedule their appointments or even to find new doctors.